SM-18 Skipjack 1880 Model Ship

Manufacturer: Abordage
SKU: 524
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SM-18 Skipjack (1880) Model Ship by Abordage:

 Museum Quality History of the Skipjack:

The "Skipjack" first appeared on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland in the late 1800s. Its development was precipitated by the decline in oyster harvests, and the need for an inexpensive shallow draft vessel. The design hasn't changed in over 150 years, and the average Skipjack has now lasted well over three-quarters of a century, a tribute to their excellent construction. Skipjacks carry a sail design known as the "Leg-O-Mutton" Sloop Rig consisting of a main sail and a jib. The standard design formula calls for a mast height which is the same the as length of the vessel on deck, plus the width of the beam. According to legend, no Skipjack was ever built from a formal set of plans, but rather by "rack of the eye". They were developed from the lines of the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe, the Brogan, and the famous Clipper Ships. They are unique to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, and the few remaining skipjacks still dredge oysters under sail during the fall and winter oyster season on the Chesapeake Bay. All of the parts made for the Skipjack are designed specifically for this model – they aren’t substitutes from another sailboat. Careful precision in detail is made even in the lines.


The Skipjack is accurately painted with at least two coats of paint. Five coats of lacquer are also applied, and the model is sanded and polished at each stage, giving the work a radiant finish that protects and preserves. The Skipjack comes with a certificate authenticating the master who made it, it's country of origin, how the motor boat was made, and more. It also comes with a gold colored plate that displays its name and year. Looking for a handsome way to display and protect your model sailboat? Consider a display case to accompany your order. We sell finely crafted display cases and can help you select one that will fit the Skipjack perfectly. See the “Display Cases” category for more information.

Packaging and Shipping

Our museum quality sailboats normally ship within 7-10 business days. They are carefully packaged in crates or very strong boxes, supported with forms to insure their protection during shipping. They are mailed via Fed Ex Air to further protect them and for expedient delivery. Instructions on how to unpackage the sailboat are found after opening the first box. You will not find a higher quality model Skipjack at this price!



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Length: 24"
Height: 20 ¾"